MJSC hosting Jean Norman competition
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The Moose Jaw Skating Club is introducing a new training program this year for different levels. Some of those participating are, from front row (L-R) Paige Beausoleil, Stephanie Ross, Serena Schlamp, Ryann Terry, Alyssa Roney, Sydeny Miskiman and Tyrae Wiebe. Back row (L-R) Cierra Spark, Hailey Lamb, Erika Wilson, Andrea MacDonald, Paige Hager and Raine Eberl. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
A trial last season has turned into a new program being offered this year.
The Moose Jaw Skating Club have been busy since late August with a summer school program, but they are excited to have a new team training program for all skill levels.
“We trialled it last year with some of our younger skaters and we had huge success rates with testing and all of them improved so much,” explained coach Jana Beesley-Capili. “It builds a team atmosphere and everyone is working together. All the coaches work together as a team too.”
The training is based on skill levels and everyone is grouped into a level of one through four. It is held every day throughout the season for 45 minutes for those that are interested in taking the program.
“There are three professional coaches on the ice. We have the kids categorized in their groups and it is a constant hour of coaching,” said Beesley-Caplili. “One coach will be teaching spins, another teaching jumps and another teaching another fundamental. The difference is that they are always being coached. There is not a time when they are working on their own.”
Team Training 1 is for skaters with no Freeskate passed; Team Training 2 is for those that have passed preliminary Freeskate and Junior Bronze Freeskate test; Team Training 3 is for those that passed Senior Bronze Freeskate and higher or are 14 years or older and Team Training 4 is for competitive skaters only that are training for sectionals, Western or national level.
The Club is also holding the regular programs they offer, including the First Blades and CanSkate.
Both will begin Oct. 13 and run every Tuesday and Thursday until March 15. First Blades will run from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Wally B arena.
“This is for any kids aged three to five years old that have never had any experience on the ice,” she explained. “It is basic learn to skate through play.”
CanSkate will be held right after until 7 p.m. also at the Wally B arena.
“This is a learn to skate program as well for anyone that has basic skating skills. We do all the fundamentals of skating like gliding on one foot, cross-cuts and backwards cross-cuts and stopping,” she said. “Anything to prepare the skaters for hockey, speed skating or figure skating.”
There is also the Advanced CanSkate program on Sundays and Thursdays for those that have taken the CanSkate training and want to progress in figure skating. The StarSkate program also is in their fall school until the end of the month. The club’s Adult Skate program is back for another year from 9:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings.
At the end of February, the club will be hosting the Jean Norman competition at the Wally B and Bert Hunt arenas. This is a major competition with skaters from all over the province come to and performs.
“That is a huge deal,” said Beesley-Capili.
This year, many of the skaters will also be trying out for the Winter Games team. Those will be held in February in Prince Albert.
The club is going to have a skate and dress sale on Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mosaic Place. That night will also have a family skate from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. that is open to the public. They will also be holding registration that evening for all their programs.
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